08 July 2020 – Polestar 1, the Electric Performance Hybrid, has been awarded Autocar Magazine’s 2020 Game Changer accolade. The car’s unique combination of cutting-edge drivetrain, driver-focused dynamics and concept car looks, redefines the modern grand tourer.
Autocar describes the car as “an extraordinarily confident product, and a mission-statement on wheels.” The magazine also recognises the focus and flexibility that the drivetrain delivers: “…never is it dull to drive – far from it – and it’s an ability to travel meaningful distances on electric power alone that makes it unique in the class.”
The carbon fibre-bodied Polestar 1 has an electric-first hybrid drivetrain combining a double electric rear axle with a two-litre turbocharged and supercharged petrol engine to add both range and performance. With a total combined output of 609 hp and 1,000 Nm (738 lb-ft) of torque, and genuine torque vectoring on the rear wheels, the car is an exciting drivers proposition. A 34 kWh battery ensures the Polestar 1 offers up to 124 km (77 miles) of electric-only range on the WLTP cycle – well above average daily driving requirements.
“With Polestar 1 we set out to redefine what you could expect from a modern GT,” comments Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar. “From the minimalist and sharp carbon fibre body to the unique drivetrain, this is a vehicle that is as at home in a city centre zero-emissions zone as it is on your dream coastal road.”
Polestar 1 is now joined by the eagerly anticipated Polestar 2, a fully electric performance fastback. Polestar 2 deliveries begin this summer and the car is available to test drive via Polestar.com.
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